EasyWriter was a word processor first written for the Apple II series computer in 1979, the first word processor for that platform. It was written by John Draper's Cap'n Software, which also produced a version of Forth, which EasyWriter was developed in.
Identifier EasyWriter_Capn_Software_John_Draper_1979_ProgramEmulator apple2eEmulator_ext dskMediatype softwareScanner Internet Archive Python library 0.5.0Publicdate 2014-02-01 02:10:23Addeddate 2014-02-01 02:10:23Creator Cap'n Software (John Draper)Date 1979Year 1979
Draper developed EasyWriter while serving nights in the Alameda County Jail under a work furlough program.
Andrew Fluegelman wrote in PC Magazine that although EasyWriter 1.0 appeared to be an easy-to-use word processor for casual users, it "contains a few very annoying inconveniences and some very serious traps". He cited several bugs, slow performance, and user-interface issues. EasyWriter 1.10 resolved most of Fluegelman's complaints. He reported that it "performs smoothly, will handle most any routine writing and printing job, and is easy to learn and operate", and that if IBM had released 1.10 first EasyWriter would likely have become the standard PC word processor.
BYTE criticized EasyWriter II for running as a booter instead of using DOS, requiring specially formatted disks for storage and a utility to convert to DOS-formatted disks, not being compatible with double-sided drives, and using a heavily modal editing interface.